Reproductive Health Uganda and Lesotho Planned Parenthood Association Receive Accreditation Certificates

20th July 2018

Two IPPF Africa Region Member Associations; Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU) and the Lesotho Planned Parenthood Association (LPPA) have been recognized for their success in the 3rd IPPF Accreditation cycle.

About IPPF’s Accreditation Process

As a global sexual and reproductive health and rights movement, IPPF is guided by key Standards and Responsibilities of membership. IPPF expects all Member Associations who wish to be a part of the Federation to uphold and promote the well-defined 10 Principles of Membership, and to comply with the different Standards associated with each Principle. The ‘Accreditation Process’ is based on these 10 Principles and Standards.

RHU Executive Director Jackson Chekweko (right) receives the 3rd cycle Accreditation certificate. Also in the photo are Ms. Namukuza Daphynne Olgah -the IPPF Africa Regional Youth Chairperson, Hon. Antonio Niquice -IPPF Africa Regional Chairperson and Mr. Lucien Kouakou -IPPF Africa Regional Director.

Accreditation is an important tool for every Member Association’s self-reflection and improvement. It also serves as an effective means of improving communication between Member Associations and the IPPF Secretariat. The Accreditation process further helps in ensuring Member Associations’ accountability to the clients they serve, and to the donor community. The 10 Membership Principles and their associated Membership Standards require that a Member Association is:

  1. Open and democratic
  2. Well governed
  3. Strategic and progressive
  4. Transparent and accountable
  5. Well managed
  6. Financially healthy
  7. A good employer
  8. Committed to results
  9. Committed to quality, and
  10. A leading SRHR organization in its country

When full compliance is achieved, Member Associations are recognized as fully accredited members of the Federation by the Governing Council; IPPF’s highest decision-making body.

The 3rd cycle Accreditation certificates for Reproductive Health Uganda (RHU) and Lesotho Planned Parenthood Association (LPPA) were awarded during an awards cocktail ceremony held in Nairobi, Kenya on 29 June 2018 -on the sidelines of the 48th Session of the IPPFAR Regional Council. The awards were presented by the IPPF Africa Regional Chairperson Hon. Antonio Niquice.

LPPA's President Mr. Boithabiso Sithole (second right) receives the MA's 3rd cycle Accreditation certificate from Hon. Antonio Niquice -IPPF Africa Regional Chairperson. Also in the photo is the LPPA Executive Director Mr. Pheko Lerotholi Zakia (right). Looking on are Mr. Lucien Kouakou -IPPF Africa Regional Director, and Mr. Edgard Cledjo Technical Advisor, Governance & Compliance -IPPFARO.

We congratulate the MAs of Uganda and Lesotho for their success in the 3rd cycle of Accreditation (2016 – 2020).

Read more about Reproductive Health Uganda here and Lesotho Planned Parenthood Association here.

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Story by Maryanne W. Waweru, Governance and Compliance Officer, IPPF Africa Region